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-Happy Thanksgiving 2016

by Dr. D ~ November 24th, 2016

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("The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth": Wikipedia)


Happy Thanksgiving 2016 to you and yours. Our traditional Thanksgiving message follows:

Thanksgiving is an uniquely American celebration that began nearly four centuries ago with a deeply religious people, the Pilgrims, giving thanks to God for preserving them though a very hard year and bringing them their first bountiful harvest which they gratefully shared with their indigenous neighbors.

It was our first President George Washington who proclaimed that our first official national day of public thanksgiving should be dedicated by observing and:

“…by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.

In recent years the ‘politically correct’/secular crowd has rewritten the history of the first Thanksgiving placing an emphasis upon the hand that the indigenous American Indians played in helping the original Pilgrim community to survive. In the process they have redirected the emphasis on thanks towards neighbors and friends and away from the providence of Almighty God.

While it is always good to be thankful for others who have enriched our own lives and certainly that has a good part to play in the celebration. Nevertheless the major emphasis of Thanksgiving should always be upon God as it was on that very first occasion.

For my family and I, we will be praising and thanking the Lord God Almighty for the bounties and the providence that he has bestowed upon us this year in the name of his Son Jesus Christ. May Our Heavenly Father bless your family today and continue to bless all of us and this nation during this holiday season and in the year to come.           *Top

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-Updating The Ezekiel 38-39 Scenario

by Dr. D ~ October 31st, 2016

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                              (Jerusalem: Wikipedia)

For years, Bible teachers and preachers have been looking for Russia to lead a coalition of nations in an attack against Israel as foretold in Ezekiel 38-39.

I haven’t worried about that possibility since Turkey is the real key to that whole scenario since many of the ancient nations mentioned in the prophecy are now incorporated in modern Turkey. Also Turkey has had close ties with Israel for years, has been a close ally of the USA, and an integral part of NATO which traditionally opposed Russia and their allies.

Now I believe that Turkey is in play and that we might actually be witnessing the lining up of a possible Ezekiel 38-39 coalition. Lately, Turkey has been increasingly more radical and Islamist. Also, the Turkish leaders partially blame the USA for the recent so-called coup since the supposed coup leader lives in America and the Obama administration refuses to  extradite him.

Worse yet, the relations between Turkey and Israel have been on a downward spiral over the last couple of years following the Gaza Blockade and Turkey’s failed attempt to break it. Then last year the Turkish President called on all Muslims to attack Israel, capture Jerusalem, and establish a new caliphate.  Though this summer the two countries attempted to negotiate a reconciliation, the agreement was not an entirely satisfactory resolution from the Turkish viewpoint.

Then there are the recent trips that Russia’s Putin has made to Turkey trying to bring them into their sphere of influence along with Iran and all of the former Soviet ‘istan’ republics. It is the moves that Putin has recently made along with the declining relation ships between Turkey and the USA along with Israel which has caused me to write this update.

Is the Ezekiel 38-39 scenario now in place? No, but the trends listed above are going in that direction. Keep your eye on Turkey, that country remains the modern key to the whole thing. At least 4 of the 7 ancient countries listed in the Ezekiel coalition are now part of the modern country of Turkey. Iran (Persia ) is the other nation to watch. If Turkey and Iran actually get together watch out.

I believe that Russia under Putin is also important as a possible deal maker in getting Shia Iran together with Sunni Turkey. Iran and Turkey are natural opponents, each one wanting to establish their own version of a new Muslim caliphate.  Russia already has major treaties with Iran and would like to add Turkey to the mix.  As long as Turkey is part of NATO and somewhat close to the USA nothing is going to happen. Putin would like to change all of that and put Turkey in his camp along with Iran. Watch for it, that is where the real danger is.

See my previous article on Ezekiel 38-39 where I identify the modern locations of the Gog and Magog coalition: “-Is ‘Gog and Magog’ Beginning to Line Up?

UPDATE: See the following article I found after I wrote this post. Pretty much confirms my concerns about Turkey:    “Turkey and the Next War

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-A Baby with DNA from 3 Parents: Ethical Implications?

by Dr. D ~ September 28th, 2016

This is being hailed as a scientific breakthrough- a new procedure allowed a baby to be born with DNA from three different people- two women and a man. Here’s the story from New Scientist:

It’s a boy! A five-month-old boy is the first baby to be born using a new technique that incorporates DNA from three people…

The controversial technique, which allows parents with rare genetic mutations to have healthy babies, has only been legally approved in the UK. But the birth of the child, whose Jordanian parents were treated by a US-based team in Mexico, should fast-forward progress around the world, say embryologists.

The boy’s mother carries genes for Leigh syndrome, a fatal disorder that affects the developing nervous system.  …

<Read the whole article>

Response: The Jordanian couple is happy to have a child without the genetic problems that killed their previous children. One can be happy for them and yet question the ethics of this new technique.

I believe that the old adage- “Just because something can be done doesn’t mean it should” –may readily apply to this new scientific breakthrough.  Here are the reasons that the new procedure has some potential ethical problems:

1. Destruction of Embryos: According to the report, only 1 out of the 5 embryos produced by this procedure was viable.

2. Custom Order Babies?: This new technique might eventually be used to order up the  sex, hair color, eye color, potential height and build, intelligence, racial characteristics, and etc. that parents with enough money might prefer? This was one of  Hitler’s dreams/nightmares.

3. Who and How Many are the Actual Parents?: In this case 3 contributed to the makeup of this baby. The technique itself seems to be rather open ended on how many might actually contribute to the DNA of a future child? Who are the actual legal parents? Also, what will a birth certificate say?

This is just off the top of my head. Anyone else want to take a stab at this? My final questions are these: Can three people actually claim to be this child’s parents? This could be a legal nightmare. Even more important, how will a child respond later in life when they find out about their various parental DNA contributions? And finally, how will they identify themselves?             *Top

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-Archaeology: First Century Synagogue Ruins Confirm New Testament Accounts

by Dr. D ~ August 23rd, 2016

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The discovery of a rural synagogue in Galilee dating from the 1st century lends support for the New Testament accounts of Jesus teaching in synagogues. For years scholars have doubted those accounts since it was hard to believe that a Jewish rabbi would allow an itinerate teacher like Jesus to come in an take over a regular worship service.  But the discovery demonstrates that the local rural synagogues were used for community meetings and for Torah readings and study.  Here’s the story from the Christian Post:

Motti Aviam, a senior researcher at the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, explained in a statement the significance of the Tel Rechesh excavation find.

     "This is the first synagogue discovered in the rural part of the Galilee and it confirms historical information we have about the New Testament, which says that Jesus preached at synagogues in Galilean villages,"

explained Aviam, as reported by JNS.

Haaretz noted that while there have been seven other synagogues from the Second Temple period discovered before, the one at Tel Rechesh is the first to be found in a rural instead of urban setting.

     "Inscriptions and historical sources show that the synagogues of the period were used for meetings, Torah readings and study, rather than worship. They had neither Torah ark nor regular prayer services,"

reported Haaretz.

<Read the whole article>

Response: Notice that it is Jewish scholars that are confirming the NT record. An important distinction.                *Top

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-Independence Day 2016: Freedom Comes from God

by Dr. D ~ July 4th, 2016

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Happy Independence Day 2016.

The following is our traditional message for the 4th of July:

 

Flags are flying, parades are moving, drinks are flowing, and politicians are speaking today in America.

240 years ago a message was confirmed by representatives of 13 colonies proclaiming their freedom, a freedom that was considered to be derived from God:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Much has been made of the variety of beliefs held by the founders of this country but their words and convictions remain not only on paper but also in the hearts of the people.

Declaration of Independence: The Emphasis Upon God

When it comes to the Declaration of Independence, the words- “by their Creator” were a major part of the message, the subject, and the emphasis.

Many secularists and atheists today want to de-emphasize the role of faith in the founding of this country to the point that many are attempting to actually rewrite history itself. For them, God could have easily been left out of the document with little or no effect.

But in the context of 1776, those words were the whole linchpin of the document and appealed to as the ultimate authority and source for the rights of the Americans to rebel against the King of England.

In the context of the 18th century the Europeans believed that their Kings reigned and ruled ‘by Divine right’ under the authority of God and were His direct representatives. In fact, the King of England was also the head of the church and was supposed to defend the Christian faith against heresy and all enemies. In that cultural context, to rebel against the King was tantamount to rebelling against God the Creator himself.

In the Declaration the founders made it clear that they were not rebelling against God but that the Creator was actually the ultimate authority they were appealing to saying that their ‘rights’ were derived directly from the Creator and not given to them by the King of England or some parchment or Parliament.

It was a radical document at the time and changed the whole course of human history and ‘the Creator’ was part and parcel of the Declaration of Independence and the ultimate authority appealed to in the whole process.            *Top

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